Tue 01 December 2020

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Alert message sent 27/06/2020 15:16:00

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Good Afternoon
I wasn’t writing for a while since, as you can imagine last few months were extremely difficult for us policing wise, although the traditional acquisitive crimes (such as burglary, theft from motor vehicles, theft of motor vehicles) went down, we have been overwhelmed by the sheer number of covid policy breach calls to check and everything that relates to it. As the country is slowly coming back to normality, we still have to deal with number of mental health calls and social services support jobs as some people do not have the family and friends network to fall on to.
Since I have been covering the area for quite a while some of you have managed to obtained my e-mail and work phone number. AS much as I appreciate you contacting me directly with some issues, please do not use those number’s and e-mail to report new incidents. Firstly, although my work phone is always on (I can be recalled to duty at any time) I do not read my messages and e-mails on my days off. This then leads to you being unhappy as nothing has been done. Please, please, use 101/webchat to report incidents to us as this will allow us to deploy nearest resources when available.
Moving on to crime stats: Acquisitive crimes reported over last 28 days in the area were as follows:
Tebworth/Chalgrave – none reported
Toddington – 4x thefts from motor vehicles:
Upper/lower Sundon 1 x burglary residential
Sharpenhoe -1 x theft from motor vehicle
Streatley – 1 x burglary residential and 1 theft of motor vehicle
Barton-Le-Clay 1x burglary dwelling and 2 x attempted burglaries.

On top off that all areas reported a numerous Anti Social Behaviour calls. Firstly please note that two things I usually cannot do anything about: with firstly littering, and secondly parking.
The agencies that deal with those issues mainly are local authorities and in our area it will be Central Bedfordshire Council, the main reason for that is the way we deal with stuff. I work in criminal setting and criminal court. To prosecute someone I have to prove beyond reasonable doubt that person committed offence(i.e see them, or have really good evidence).
Councils work in civil court and they have balance of probabilities burden of proof (in short: is it possible that person committed an offence). This is why they deal with this sort of issues.
Don’t take me wrong. I am not passing a buck and I help them when I can and when they need help. To help you in the best possible way I have to recognise when other agencies are better placed to deal with an issue.
Moving on to helping with sorting the issues. We have a very good citizen in policing units and we are looking to re-ignite our street and speed watches. We will start from 7 pm on 1 st of JULY in BARTON LE CLAY recreation ground. One of our colleagues will be there to answer any question you might have.
I am hoping that you will remain safe.
Message sent by
Slav Konopka (Police, PC, Leighton Buzzard & Linslade Community Policing Team)

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